Spring Training news & notes Day 8 (updated)
*In case you missed it yesterday, I wrote about Nolan Reimold’s season-ending neck surgery in June and the process of regaining his strength –particularly the left arm– this winter. Reimold still isn’t 100 percent, but is getting better every day and there are no restrictions on him in camp. It’s a big year for the 29-year-old Reimold, and you can read more on that here.
Reimold wasn’t in any of the starting lineups today and he won’t play tomorrow, as manager Buck Showalter said he’s trying to ease him back in.
*The team held a pair of intrasquad games today (the lineups are below). Each pitcher threw an inning in the three-inning contests that had a nice little crowd watching.
Noticeably absent was Nick Markakis, who had the same test done that Manny Machado and Zach Braddock did earlier this week, involving acid reflux.
“When they say that [they have acid reflux in their physical], they follow up on that and find out what they are testing for, if it’s acid reflux or an ulcer,” Showalter explained. “This test tells you what it would be before you medicate it…they are trying to eliminate which one it is with all three of those guys.
Instead of it being a problem in May or June, let’s find out right now what we are dealing with.”
Markakis will fly back to Baltimore later today to attend a funeral and Showalter said he’s expected back on Friday.
*The pitchers who threw today: Field 3, Visiting team pitchers: Steve Johnson, Zach Clark, and Mike Wright. Home team pitchers: Todd Redmond, Dylan Bundy and T.J. McFarland. Field 4, Visiting team pitchers: Tommy Hunter, Zach Britton and Adam Russell. Home team pitchers: Jake Arietta, Brian Matusz and Jair Jurrjens. Minor league callups for the intrasquad games were outfielders Glynn Davis, Brenden Webb and Johnny Ruettiger and infielders Buck Britton, Adrian Marin and Ty Kelly.
*A few impressions from the games: Matusz was throwing really hard and looked good in his inning, while Russell –one of the biggest guys in camp– is an interesting option throwing sidearm and got a lot of uncomfortable swings. Brian Roberts got a nice round of applause when he stepped in the batter’s box and drove in Nate McLouth –who doubled– with an RBI single off Britton. Dylan Bundy gave up a leadoff single to Chris Dickerson –who was later picked off– and retired the next two batters, while Chris Davis crushed an opposite-field homer off Hunter. (Davis also tried to bunt, unsuccessfully, off Russell.)
*The players participating in the golf tournament today are wearing grey striped polo shots that say Miracle League of Manasota on the sleeve.
*Thursday’s intrasquad game will start at 1:05 p.m. and be six innings on the main Ed Smith Stadium field. No word yet on whether that game will be open to the public. Thursday’s Visiting team pitchers: Mark Hendrickson, Troy Patton, Daniel Schlereth and Eduardo Rodriguez. Home team pitchers: Chris Tillman, Pedro Strop, Daniel McCutchen, Mike Belfiore and Kevin Gausman.
*Conor Jackson said his sore left back is “definitely better” today and he will get treatment and take another day’s rest. Jackson, who came out of yesterday’s workout, will see how he feels tomorrow and try to not stay sidelined long.
“It’s frustrating, to say the least,” he said of dealing with an injury in a new organization. “Obviously, you want to make an impression, and it’s hard to make an impression when you’re not on the field. Just got to treat it until it gets better and get back out there and play baseball.”